Why you should visit Sinaia?
Situated at around 100 km away from Henri Coanda Airport, on Prahova Valley river banks, Sinaia is one the most famous Romanian mountain resort, lovely to be visited both summer and winter.
As Bucegi Mountains rise up behind the town and forest cover the landscape all around it, the settlement of this town is amazing. The altitude is quite low, around 1.000m, but the peaks behind challenge the traveler to sense what Carpathian heights mean.
Sinaia’s Surroundings and landscape.
We spoke about the amazing landscape around Sinaia and it is a must to detail some.
Bucegi is a massive mountain wall which seems to guard naturally Sinaia. Even if the town is situated at altitude of around 1000 m, the plateau reaches in west heights over 2000-2400 m. Actually this is the place the winter sport lovers love the most during winters.
Massive peaks are melt down into green forests at lower altitudes, into a majestic scenery of nature. Baiului Mountains with their mild ridge coasts call the trekker to explore them.
And as we wrote trekking, we have to enhance that Sinaia can be mountain lovers paradise. Peaks over 2000 like Varfu cu Dor, Piatra Arsa, Jepii Mari or Jepii Mici are to be explored and conquered. There is a saying for Romanian mountaineers as you are not a mountain person unless you went on both Jepii once.
Spectacular rock formations like Babele (Old Ladies in Romanian) or Sfinx(Sphynx) as it has the same shape and dimensions as the Egyptian one) are wonders of nature that are due to be seen. And If you don’t enjoy trekking, cable car from Busteni takes you up to the sky easily.
Flora around Sinaia
The landscape around Sinaia is astonishing regardless the season. The fresh green of the spring takes the traveller into optimism, summer the intense green gives a powerful sensation of vivid life within the forests, autumns show the spectacle of colours at it most. From golden falling leaves to intense red diffused into the pine green at higher altitudes, all are meant to overwhelm the passer by. Winter is pure and white, the landscape seems still under a snow cover.
The wild creatures of the forest
In Romania lives a large percentage of the large predators and the biggest population of brown bears in Europe. As the eco-system is balanced, herbivores also populate the wood. There is no wonder that wilderness lover can meet in the depth of the forests creatures: squirrels, deer, bears, chamois, wild boars, wolves, foxes, lynx.
Must visit while in Sinaia
First it was the monastery Sinaia, which was erected at the end of 17th century by a noble-person of those time, Mihai (Michael – English equivalent) Cantacuzino. The place was named after the sacred mountain Sinai ans the monastery fought time as a great piece of clerical architecture.
Peles Castle – masterpiece sheltered in Sinaia
Almost two centuries later, during Romanian Monarchy, Carol I st of Romania took the decision to establish his summer residences on that virgin land of Sinaia. Starting with 1866 when the king first visited and prior WWI, Sinaia changed completely.
The development of the castle (1873-1914) involved also big evolution in the industrialisation and population of Sinaia.
Peles castle is one of the most beautiful in Europe through positioning, complex architecture, but, as strange it might sound, modern. we are not to speak about facts and figures, but the impression the museum creates.
Placed at the base of the mountains, into a perfect coloured natural setting the overall scenery is breathtaking. Outside Peles castle is an exquisite amalgamation of Bavarian style with local one which blends amazingly into the surrounding nature, regardless the season.
In the interior decoration, the multitude of halls, in different style, give the impression of travelling throughout the world, across time and cultures. Venetian, Arabian styles take the tourist on other reams, Armour hall tell stories of heroism. The entire Peles palace is a story itself.
We mentioned modern. Yes, Peles Castle was one of the most modern buildings of those times. It was endowed with central heating that even works today. needless to say that it was the first castle in Europe to have such a system. The elevator is the original one. Thus Peles is not only a masterpiece of architecture, but also of engineering.